We launched the weekly Continuity eGUIDE in 2003 with a vision to consolidate and communicate resources for the disciplines of BC, DR, and EM. Since then we have published over 560 editions and now publish on Wednesday twice a month. For more than 16 years we have worked to bring our industry together.
Vol. 609 – Auditing Your BCP and DR Program – Just How Resilient is Your Organization?January 20, 2021
2020 was a year of massive change: implementing work from home, improving digital capabilities, pivoting sales & supply channels, and adjusting business models. In the future, organizations will need to be resilient in order to succeed. Expert Dan Swanson has more than 35 years of experience in audit and information security. His article guides executives on how to evaluate their organizations.
Vol. 607 – Strategic Crisis Leadership: Being an Effective Leader in the Midst of ChaosDecember 2, 2020
With no prior notice, you must make on-the-spot decisions and implement rapid-fire responses when crises unexpectedly strike. Your people will be stressed-out and deadlines time compressed. Information will not be adequate and the high consequences of your responses could determine if people will be harmed, careers ruined and your company seriously damaged. What would you do in such a situation? Bruce T. Blythe and Hart S. Brown provide some examples and insightful guidelines.
Vol. 606 – Does Your BCP Reflect Real People with Real Needs?November 19, 2020
Historically, Disaster Recovery plans have focused on technology (hot site) and data (back up and off-site storage). Little attention was paid to the people. The assumption was made that the required people would simply go to the internal or external hot site. Of course this thinking was changed dramatically by Covid-19. Most people are working from home. But how about the return to workplace plans and the second disaster, that’s coming? Frequent author and conference speaker Ted Brown offers his insights.
Vol. 605 – Civil Unrest: Demonstrations, protests, and riotingNovember 4, 2020
Concern about protests and demonstrations like those surrounding the 2016 Presidential election have law enforcement planning for the possibility of a repeat of the summer unrest. Directors of security worry that volatile political divisions in our society may provoke conflicts between workers escalating into acts of workplace violence. Civil unrest is now a foreseeable threat requiring preparedness. Don Schmidt offers his perspective based on his decades of experience helping organizations prepare for anything.
Vol. 604 – Enterprise Resilience Saved the Day During COVID- But Does Anyone Realize It?October 21, 2020
Earlier this year Lyndon Bird discussed the emergence of Covid-19 and the affects it might have on the resilience profession. In this follow up blog he points out that the primary players in what is starting to emerge as the core resilience disciplines have stepped up to the plate, thus making ongoing operations possible.
Vol. 603 – What We Should Do NowOctober 7, 2020
This week we are happy to present two top experts in Emergency Management, who helped lead FEMA during a period of major transition.
A report from Congress, the year before they arrived, said, “FEMA is widely viewed as a political ‘dumping ground,’ a turkey farm, if you will…” Our experts, Jane Bullock and George Haddow, were in the arena fighting battles as FEMA went from having an abysmal record to becoming one of the most respected federal agencies. They have some ideas for us to consider going forward.
Vol. 602 – 35 Years Since Mexico City… What’s Changed?September 16, 2020
Publisher Kathy Rainey believes much has changed since September 19, 1985. “The devastating Mexico City earthquake was the catalyst for my 35-year career in what has become an industry — one that in 2020 integrates the disciplines of emergency management, business continuity, crisis/risk management and governance to build resilience for public and private sectors globally.” Kathy shares 3 changes – and there are many more. Let’s get the conversation going.
Vol. 601 – 10 Tips for Selling BCP to Upper ManagementSeptember 2, 2020
The number one challenge facing BCP and COOP professionals today remains getting upper management buy-in. The events of September 11 and COVID-19 have raised awareness of the exposures, but there still are organizations without a commitment to BCP/COOP. Ted Brown explains that often, the reason for this lies in the presentation given to obtain support.
Ted has spoken and written about this topic for years…and his insights can help you get C-Suite approval for your program and your budget.
Vol. 600 – The Leadership and Impact of Pat CorcoranAugust 19, 2020
This week is the 600th edition of the Continuity eGUIDE! As Publisher, I have had the privilege of working with so many top professionals and thought leaders in our evolving industry. Today is a rare opportunity to share, in our 600th Meet The Experts column, a remarkable milestone by one of those professionals. Pat Corcoran retires today from a 43-year career at IBM, with most of his time focused on his leadership in IBM’s Business Resiliency Services group. Read this interview for a truly interesting set of observations from Pat as he looks back at the growth of our industry.
Vol. 599 – Good Practices for Mission Critical Electrical Power ReliabilityAugust 5, 2020
It’s no secret. Your facility may be operational, but failure of sensitive electronics can cripple your ability to conduct business. There is much more than solid emergency power to consider. Richard Rudman offers a comprehensive explanation of often-overlooked items to consider now, before an interruption.
Vol. 598 – The Post-Covid Landscape Could Change the Enterprise Resilience ProfessionJuly 16, 2020
Business Continuity home-working techniques developed originally for use in disaster recovery have rapidly become a mainstream business model in a global crisis. This is a pivotal moment for the entire concept of resilience management. It is the next few months that will decide if the wide-scale business consensus sees us a positive force for recovery or as a regulatory irrelevance. Lyndon Bird tells us more.